It's simple - lobbying by profit making entities - corporations and businesses - should be made illegal, whilst non-profits, charities and voluntary agencies can still lobby governments with the same powers they currently have. The ONLY reason corporations lobby government is for profit, and in almost all cases against the public interest.
Lobbying, There is not one positive reason for its' existence. If you can come up with ONE, you're probably a lobbyist or someone that uses money to buy influence. Seriously, I challenge you: Give me ONE positive reason for the practice of lobbying... I'll wait.
Have you figured it out yet?
What is the point of bringing something to congress, say "Universal Healthcare" if some ass hat from a private company is just going to slip a thick stack of hundreds into a big guy's pocket so he will vote in the ass hats favor. If we're gonna keep lobbyists we might as well not have a vote.
What lobbyist do is make a case in the interest of big business for congress and other governing bodies. They spread misinformation and lies. They work against the best interest for the people just so the company they represent can make a buck. Because of them, we have a thriving tobacco industry and we no longer have net neutrality.
Historically, the only reason lobbyists push their agendas is for their own selfish gain. Net Neutrality, TPP, etc. are perfect examples of this despicable approach to politics within what is supposed to be a REPUBLIC GOVERNED BY THE PEOPLE, and NOT money-hungry corporations paying people to push their agendas. It is no better than bribery, and is a stain on what this country is supposed to stand for.
The idea of lobbying is democratic, bringing many different players to discuss particular views and interests. However, Lobbying in practice only gives the biggest and deepest pockets the greatest advantage and leaves the little guys begging for oxygen. I prefer writing letters/sending materials (with a limit) to be taken into consideration during the legislative process.
Many things that have been shot down in government has been because of lobbysists. While lobbyists should represent the interests of some groups, they are making certain things more possible due to promised funding. This is essentially bribery. Simply looking at the medical field, there are many new vaccines that could prevent many diseases from taking hold. But many lobbyists are able to get vaccines shot down, simply because the treatment is more profitable than the cure. Lobbyists should go the same route the rest of us do. Take money out of the equation, and let democracy actually work.
Big Pharma drives FDA to sustain profitable chronic conditions instead of curative medicine. Same can be said about EPA. Also it is the lobbying from prison system to be thanked that US criminal justice system is the most oppressive in first world. Arguments in favor of lobbying are trivially logically flawed and an easy sell only for dolts.
Lobbying does help congress know about important political agendas. When funds are exchanged for a vote, or for the voting against a ballot that is the crime. Since this will never happen I vote to make lobbying illegal until we can remove the corruption that currently exist today in politics.
Lobbyism is whats causing the corruption in our government today and has been going on for quite some thing. This is why we have these old windbags in the senate like Reid and McConnell. Two ass clowns who are bent on destroying our country through their liberal agendas on shoving Obamacare down our throats. It is Lobbyism that is the reason these gangsters are still breathing. We need to take this country back. And even Comcast has been giving money to OUR CONGRESSMEN!! GO to Washington and protest. In fact RIOT. Riot the streets until they get resigned
Because it keeps the balance between the interest of the members of Congress, who are not in accordance with their constituents all the time, and the public interest. In spite of having elected a representative to represent us in Congress we should not be disentitled of our constitutional right to petition our grievances.
The way it is done today with big corporations paying lobbying groups for enforcing/holding back a certain piece of legislation that would benefit/hurt them does not seem very democratic because this course of dealing disadvantages those folks who cannot afford to hire their own lobbyists. Also, they do not have the means to make big campaign contributions that would affect a representative's decision making.
But apart from the unfairness of it there is also the aspect of transparency. I think we as voters have the right to know where the campaign contributions of the candidates running for an office originate from. So that we can make a healthy decision about our vote based on what we know about the various interest groups that exert influence on the candidate we are planning to vote for.
The 1st amendment preserves our right to petition the government for a redress of grievances. This means that if there is something that I don't like, I can petition the government to change it. If I don't have time to petition the government myself, I pay someone else to do it. This is lobbying. For example, when you join the NRA you are paying them to lobby on your behalf. Also, not all lobbying is done by big oil companies. Ralph Nader, among others, lobbied for consumer protection, humanitarianism, and environmentalism.
Lobbying does a lot for the American people that they fail to realized, but it also does a lot to the detriment of our society. Lobbyists come from every industry, big businesses, medical research, and education. It is a way for these professions to be heard by the powers that be. Unfortunately, lobbyists for big business and national interest groups consistently abuse their position by offering millions and millions of dollars to both politicians and political campaigns. Every single dollar that goes into the coffers of a political campaign should be account for and traced back to where it came from and be made public knowledge. Don't want the American people knowing where your money came from? That, in and of itself shows that you are not working for the interest of the American people and you should not be allowed to run for a government position.
Lobbying itself can serve for many good purposes. The problem is that lobbying is used unethically by many people to secure interests only for them, which might be disadvantageous to others. Therefore, good regulation is needed for the lobbying to be practiced fairly. Banning is not a solution to deal with the problems caused by lobbying.
No, lobbying should not be banned from politics – but it does need to have some controls put in place and enforced. Lobbyists represent more than just big business - they represent corporations, the medical profession, teachers and professors among many other organizations. Because of the sheer size and complexity of government, lobbyists perform a vital service by educating both the government and the public about their particular organization and its interests. Lobbyists bring issues out in the open and mount campaigns. It is only when lobbyists overstep their ground by using lavish gifts to sway a decision that they become a bad thing.
Our political system has made it nearly impossible for a politician to do their job without lobbyists. As hard as it is to admit at this point, lobbyist are absolutely essential to making sure our government is running. Politicians are so busy trying to finance and run their campaigns, they barely have time to read over proposed bills and tax budgets. Lobbyist do the brunt work in making sure politicians are educated on issues, and push them to make reform. While they do only have the interest of the businesses in which they are representing in mind. There is usually so much lobbying that each side of an issue will be represented by some firm. As a result it works almost like our judicial system in which both sides of the argument present information to politicians and it is up to them to make their decision. I by no means think that is a completely perfect system, as a lot of the times it is the person with the most money and connections who win, but at this point the system cannot function without them.
If lobbying disappears we lose a tremendous amount of legislated expertise. It often takes many years to understand how the capital really works and now what we've removed our essentially civic leaders, business people, and former lawmakers there is a lot less advocates, gouging the gap between public needs, and partisan polarization. As a consequence our government is mostly entirely driven by the limited knowledge of our elected officials. This is why lobbying should stay but be more controlled over.
Think about it- if you're an engineer, how much do you know about the operating cost of marinas? If you're a small business owner, how much do you know about metaphysics?
In the same way, no politician can understand everything about his or her constituents and their issues, nor can one politician understand the intricate benefits of opening a Walmart in their state. Essentially, lobbyists keep Washington D.C. Apprised of situations that occur in their districts.
Those on the yes column are confusing lobbying with bribery and extortion which is illegal. Many congressmen and senators have been prosecuted for illegally taking bribes.
But lobbying is legal and serves a purpose and most of the folks on the yes column simply do not understand the process. You can lobby your representative and never use but a postage stamp. Writing a letter, calling your congressman or getting a group of likeminded people together to bring your grievances to your congressmen or senator is lobbying.
I think that lobbyist's are good. They represent peoples opinions and beliefs. They give us a chance to describe why we chose that vote. They may be bad in quite a bit of ways but if we don't have them, then who knows what the world is going to look like. It could turn into some countries where you can't have a voice at all.